MCMC Flu Shot/Masking at MCMC

Influenza is a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and even death. Every year, more than 200,000 people in the U.S. are hospitalized for flu-related complications and approximately 36,000 die from those complications.

Although many of our staff are fortunate to enjoy excellent health, even healthy individuals can get very sick from the flu and spread the disease to others. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, and the Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee all recommend U.S. healthcare workers receive annual flu vaccines.

Mid-Columbia Medical Center provides free flu shots to all employees and volunteers. By receiving a free flu vaccine, MCMC staff protect themselves, their families and their patients, many of whom are at high risk of serious health complications from the flu. These populations include the elderly, pregnant women, very young children and people with certain long-term health conditions, such as asthma, diabetes and heart disease.

By requiring staff to get the flu vaccine or wear a mask, MCMC stands with most of the healthcare community to protect the health and welfare of the most vulnerable members of our community. The following professional organizations support mandatory flu vaccine or masking:

  • American Academy of Family Physicians
  • American Academy of Pediatrics
  • American College of Physicians
  • American Hospital Association
  • American Medical Directors Association
  • American Pharmacists Association
  • American Public Health Association
  • Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology
  • Infectious Diseases Society of America
  • National Foundation for Infectious Diseases
  • National Patient Safety Foundation
  • Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America

“Mid-Columbia Medical Center has a duty to protect the health of staff, patients and visitors. In order to prevent potentially life-threatening complications among the most vulnerable members of our community, including the elderly, pregnant women and people with underlying health conditions, MCMC has decided to stand with a large part of the healthcare community and require staff to get the flu vaccine or wear a mask,” says Louis Teyner, Director of Quality and Risk Management.